Lacing Cards

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Lacing Cards
Practical Life - Sewing
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Age3 - 4
PrerequisitesBead Stringing
Materialslacing card
string knotted at one end

This activity teaches the child a basic running stitch pattern. This activity prepares the child for sewing.


  1. Take the material to a mat or table.
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  2. Smooth out the string to be sure there are no knots or tangles.
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  3. Hold the lacing card in the subdominant hand and the end of the string without the knot in the dominant hand.
    Put the end of the string through any hole.
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  4. Grasp the end of the string on the other side of the card. Pull the string all the way through until it is stopped at the knot.
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  5. Put the end of the string through an adjacent hole to the one where it just came out. Pull the string on the other side until it is tight.
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  6. Put the string through the next hole in the same way.
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  7. Continue in this way until the card is completely laced.
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  8. To remove the string, hook your index finger through the very last stitch and pull.
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  9. Flip the lacing card to remove the next stitch. Continue in this way until all the stitches are removed.
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  10. Remove the string by pulling the knotted end until the string is completely out.
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  11. Smooth the string out, fold it in half, then fold it in half again.
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  12. Place the string back in the tray.
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Points of Interest

Control of Error

Variations and Extensions

  • A whip stitch or blanket stitch could also be done.


Make Your Own

Lacing cards could be cut from light-weight cardboard (such as from a cereal box), and holes punched along the edges. A shoelace could be used for the string.

Where to Buy

Prices and links checked: 23 January 2022

Lacing Cards
Store Price
Constructive Playthings
set of 6
Constructive Playthings $6.99

Further Reading